Meet Dr. Joanne McDougal Patterson, mental health

Black Nurse Practitioner Opens First-Ever Mobile Tiny Home Psychiatric Clinic in Georgia

Meet Dr. Joanne McDougal Patterson, a pioneering psychiatric nurse practitioner and entrepreneur who has revolutionized mental health treatment in Metro Atlanta by establishing the first-ever tiny home clinic. 

Mental health treatment in Black communities is a complex and critically important issue that demands thoughtful consideration and action. Historically, Black communities have faced systemic barriers to accessing quality mental health care. This often results in disparities in diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes.

These disparities can be attributed to various factors, including socioeconomic inequalities, cultural stigma surrounding mental health, and a lack of culturally competent care providers. However, there is a growing recognition of the need to address these disparities and create more inclusive and equitable support systems.

This initiative aims to provide culturally accessible mental healthcare to residents in the area.

The tiny home clinic offers a warm and inviting setting reminiscent of a home, creating a comfortable environment for patients, particularly women and children, to receive specialized treatment. Patterson also created the ReLeaf Boutique, a mental wellness herbal apothecary empowering individuals to take charge of their mental health.

In addition to her physical clinic, she also offers virtual visits to individuals located in Maryland, Washington D.C., Florida, and Nevada. This virtual option ensures that distance or geographical barriers do not hinder anyone from accessing the care they need. The clinic accepts all commercial insurances, Maryland Medicaid, Georgia Medicaid as well as self-pay options.

To learn more about McDougal Patterson’s approach to mental healthcare and explore the various services provided, follow @drjoannepsychiatry on social media and visit

Dr. Joanne Psychiatry is a private practice whose aim is to improve access to mental health care and provide community and culturally appropriate integrative psychiatric treatment to the modern woman and her family. For inquiries, contact or 888-210-4050 

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